Fr. Paul D. Scalia: Hearing like a Christian

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*Image: Saint Jerome by Jan Massys (workshop of), c. 1530-40 [Museo del Prado, Madrid]

By Fr. Paul D. Scalia, The Catholic Thing, Jan. 23, 2022

Fr. Paul Scalia is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington, VA, where he serves as Episcopal Vicar for Clergy and Pastor of Saint James in Falls Church. He is the author of That Nothing May Be Lost: Reflections on Catholic Doctrine and Devotion and the editor of Sermons in Times of Crisis: Twelve Homilies to Stir Your Soul.


Fr. Paul D. ScaliaIn 2019, the pope designated this day, the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, as Sunday of the Word of God. The initiative doesn’t seem to have gained much attention in the pews, probably because most Catholics haven’t been in the pews for the past two years. There’s also the question, “Well, what else would Sunday be about if not the Word of God?”

The entire Mass is about the Word, in our prayers, in our readings, and on the altar. Which, of course, emphasizes the pope’s specific intention for this day – namely, increased attention and devotion to Scripture, the written Word of God. Today’s readings in particular teach us how to hear the Word of God within its proper place and native habitat, which is in the Liturgy. …

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